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  • Article: Jul 13, 2017
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - Your editorial in last week's Chronicle on the fi nancial arrangements at Congleton High School, Black Firs Primary and the Congleton MultiAcademy Trust raises as many questions as it answers.

    I fi nd it interesting that you draw parallels with other local quasi-public bodies and their fi nancial accountability.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017
    By Paul Duffy in Congleton Chronicle

    Congleton residents who are struggling to fi ll in questionnaires on the proposed changes to bus routes have been offered assistance by Congleton Lib Dems.

    Residents have been urged to come forward and share their views on the proposed changes to local bus services, but Lib Dem member Paul Duffy fears the way the questionnaires are written may make it diffi cult for some people to give feedback.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - I would like to comment on Gerald Wells's letter in last week's Chronicle on endoscopy rates.

    Though it is some years since I practised, requesting endoscopies in various specialities was often tempting and sometimes useful.

    Investigating possible disease is an art, as well as a science, with the potential for satisfying your own curiosity rather than helping the patient.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - I cannot resist the temptation to respond to Ken Elliott's letter in last week's Chronicle, page 30.

    He bemoans my hypocrisy in talking about respecting political decisions made by a democratic process when talking about the Brexit referendum.

    This gives me the opportunity of reminding your readers that we are not disputing the referendum result, despite the shoddy processes involved.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - I would like to clarify the reason for the current consultation by Cheshire East on subsidised bus routes that has been discussed in the Chronicle recently.

    The decision to cut the bus subsidy was made at the budget meeting of Cheshire East Council on 23rd February so, whatever the result of it, there will be £1.6m less to spend from April next year on this important aspect of public transport.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I enjoyed reading your editorial in last week's Chronicle in which you lambast our political leaders.

    While risking a riposte in these pages, I would like to put in a plug for electoral reform.

    Our politics is becoming (become) too confrontational with the added risk of reverting to a two-party contest.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - We are fortunate to live in a democracy where we take making decisions by the ballot box for granted.

    It is also as well to remember that despite the recent terrorist attacks, there is far more that unites us than divides us.

    All political parties agree on the basic tenets of a civilised society such as respect for the individual, the rule of law and abiding by political decisions made by a democratic process.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2017

    Dear Sir, - Forgive me if I err but I thought your editorial or elsewhere stated that you would not allow political statements in last week's Chronicle because there was no chance of reply.

    You then allowed two very political letters by the Labour candidate though in fairness, one was in response to a previous political one.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - Hustings are an excellent opportunity for residents to supplement their views of the candidates, parties and their manifestos with a present time experience.

    It is a shame that no group in Congleton constituency could devote the resources to arranging one.

    While residents vote on a mixture of issues and personalities, seeing all the candidates answering the same questions can only help the undecided to make a balanced judgement.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - I thank Peter Cuthbert, who in last week's Chronicle letter pages describes the present governance system of the EU in response to Mr Corbett's criticism far better than I could ever do.

    I also agree with him that despite being far from perfect, it is indeed superior to the UK's present system of governance.